Thank you to Lorna and Tom for sharing their Positive induction birth.
Just wanted to let you know Tom and I were joined by Baby Harry James on 23rd June at 8:36pm weight 6lbs 1oz. Harry’s due date was in fact the 6th July however, it had already been decided I’d be induced the week before at 39 weeks due to reduced fetal movements throughout my whole pregnancy. However at 37+4weeks Harry stopped moving. I tried everything I could think of to get him moving again, nothing was working, so off I went to be assessed. When I got to the hospital I went on the monitor to find his heart rate was really high, over 200bpm. The Midwife swapped machines as she thought the machine might be playing up. This was swapped but nothing changed. She stayed in the room with me and tried to feel him move but nor her or I could feel him. She advised she would speak to the doctor and let me know what was happening. The consultant decided that I was to be induced the next day. So we were advised to go home, sort what we needed to and call first thing for a time to come in. I was induced at 37+5. I called and was told to come in for 9am. The midwives were great, explained everything and I was induced. But, the induction failed so retried the Friday and come Saturday even though it still hadn’t worked the doctor assured me she could break my waters. Which I was thankful for as didn’t want a c section. So at 3:20pm on Saturday (38+1) my waters were broken, my contraction were a lot stronger with the help of this and an oxytocin drip. My god the pain was so bad on my back, couldn’t believe it so it was time for pethidine. This was good but felt like I was falling asleep in between contractions and the gas and air was making me feel dehydrated. After several hours I reached 2nd stage of labour and after two pushes (8 minutes later!) baby Harry was born. His and my heart rates weren’t great towards the end but lucky we are both okay. He certainly wasn’t hanging around.
It is unbelievable, but worth every second.
Harry latched on to breast feed as soon as I was sorted which gave him time with his dad. Tom did an amazing job making sure I was okay, getting me drinks of water, a cold flannel for my head and massaging my back.
So going from being certain on a Midwifery led unit with birthing pool and aromatherapy I ended up with drugs at a higher risk maternity unit. However, they (the staff) were amazing from the minute I got there until I left. All I wanted was my little man to arrive safe and be well. Thanks to your classes we both new what to expect and understood what we were being told.
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It is so nice to read a positive induction birth. I’d like to pick out one topic here.
‘However at 37+4weeks Harry stopped moving. I tried everything I could think of to get him moving again, nothing was working, so off I went to be assessed.‘
Lorna was absolutely right to go to the maternity unit so her baby could be assessed.
Your baby’s movements are, or will be, such a lovely feeling. I remember when I was expecting that my daughters movements felt very comforting. Of course, occasionally my daughter would get under my ribs or bounce on my bladder and I would pray for her to move! That part isn’t so comforting!
Your baby’s movements are more than this, they are also your baby’s way of telling us that everything is OK. If your baby’s movements change and are not normal for you you must see a professional as soon as possible.
I would have advised Lorna to go into hospital even sooner. ‘I tried everything I could think of to get him moving again’ Lorna and Tom are lovely people and I know that she wouldn’t have wanted to waste anybody’s time. I see this all the time. I am really glad that Lorna followed her instincts and went in to be checked out. I am 100% certain that all professionals would rather see you and your baby 1000+ times in your pregnancy and not find a problem than see you 1 time and wish you had come earlier.
If you are ever concerned about your baby go and get checked out.
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